Experience the Best Kept Secrets Tour of Lancaster County

Experience the Best Kept Secrets Tour of Lancaster County

Summer is winding down, and while we LOVE all things summer here at George’s Furniture, we’re ready for cooler days and fall treats.  We’re excited for all the great fall festivals and activities happening all over the county. One such fun event is The Best Kept Secret Tour which is scheduled for October 4th – 20th. 

What better way to explore Lancaster Country then visiting hidden treasures like jewelers and boutiques to wineries, farmers markets, and creameries!

So while we can’t say who all is participating we’re happy to give you a minuscule hint…. Your favorite handmade furniture store is in the lineup! That’s right, George’s Furniture is excited to be one of over 40 tour stops on The Best Kept Secrets Tour of Lancaster!  

Stop by our showroom for a ticket/tour bag to discover the hidden secrets of Lancaster County. Only ticket holders will see the 40 businesses selected.  Each tour bag includes a guide and coupons along with many items from the participating shops.

While exploring, each tour-goer will experience a wide range of entertainments, gifts, refreshments, raffles, tours, demos, and games.  A Best Kept Secret tour sponsored drawings for over $1,100 in gifts cards is part of the secret! Tour bags are $10 each and limited in quantity.  Visit our showroom at Georges Furniture, 9 Reich’s Church Rd, Marietta, PA or reserve your bag by calling 717-426-1004. 

Showroom Hours M-Sa 9-5.  Wood Shop tour hours M-TH 9-4, F 9-2.

We look forward to seeing you in October!. 

 

George’s Furniture featured at Sugarloaf’s fall crafts shows

George’s Furniture featured at Sugarloaf’s fall crafts shows

The Sugarloaf craft show season will be here before you know it and George’s Furniture is thrilled to be part of it again this fall. We meet so many wonderful people and we have so much fun showing off all the wonderful pieces we’ve created.

The Festival brings together over 300 talented artists from across America displaying their creations and attracts over 200,000 total shoppers each year. Shoppers enjoy the unique experience of fine craftsmanship all under one roof and can choose to come for one day or all three. Come meet the artists who are excited to share their passion!

Discover Skilled Artists near you!

2018 Schedule:

October 12-14, Timonium, MD

October 19-21, Chantilly, VA

November 2-4, Oaks, PA

November 9-11, Edison, NJ

November 16-18, Gaithersburg, MD

December 7-9, Chantilly, VA

Some items you can look forward to seeing this year from George’s Furniture.

 

This year we’ll be showcasing our NEW LED light. The Cascading Lamp features a levered construction with an LED light illuminating the natural wood grain of the levels below. This design is reminiscent of the beautiful style found at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Waters House.

Display a favorite picture, medal, or keepsake on the smaller shelf while enjoying the ambient light and natural beauty. The levered design is also available as a modern wall shelf.

Our world famous extension table will be on display, come experience an extension table that begins as a 4 person table for small gatherings but can later extend over 13 ft with ease and gracefulness to accommodate families and friends. Our table is so easy to open, you simply just grab the end of the table and open the table to your desired length. Seating everyone around one table has never been easier and more comfortable. Stop by our booth to see first hand the natural wood grain beauty and craftsmanship characteristic of George’s furniture.

If you can’t make it out to the festival this year, don’t worry! We’re happy to meet you in our showroom and show you these lovely items one-on-one.

Hope to see you out at the Festival!

RV Butler At Your Service

RV Butler At Your Service

For many adventurous travelers, RVing is a way of life and has proven to be a relaxing and rewarding experience! Whether you’re taking a weekend trip to the beach or an extended drive cross-country, the places you can see and enjoy in an RV are endless.

So while RVing is a great way to get out on the open road, we’ve heard from many RV owners that they face some challenges while exploring the world. What’s one of the biggest challenges? Believe it or not, it’s STORAGE! Where do you store all the essentials? Especially those big bulky items that don’t fold or bend. From frying pans to kettles, the lack of storage for these awkward items can be frustrating. This is where our new custom RV Butler comes in and is ready to ease your storage woes.  

A customized butler handmade by our skilled craftsmen at George’s Furniture is designed to meet your specific needs.  We’ll work with you to make sure you get the perfect fit. All we need from you are measurements of your largest items you would like hidden away and George’s designers will take it from there, creating a unique one-of-a-kind butler for your RV. 

Not only does the butler help with storage, the top also increases your workspace while conveniently storing those large items and essentials keeping them close at hand when you need them. A handy door on both sides of the butler allows for access from either side. And of course, the RV Butler wouldn’t be complete without the adjustable shelf inside that allows for ever-changing storage requirements.

This butler is designed to fit into your unique space and can be accessorized. For example, combine your new piece with a table, and store in your dining area. To save on space, you simply place the table on top of the butler and secure them to the floor.

So as you plan your next great RV adventure, let us take care of those storage woes. Visit our showroom or contact us today and we will design an RV Butler just for you! Want to see our new RV Butler in person? We’ll be debuting this beautiful piece at the PRVCA, America’s Largest RV Show, September 12-16, 2018 in Hershey, PA at the Giant Center.

Meet Juanita Horst

Meet Juanita Horst

Juanita Horst is the proud owner of the family-run George’s Furniture. She initially started getting involved in the furniture making industry while assisting her father with work in the woodshop and helping at craft shows. Later, she strengthened her communication abilities by assisting in customer service and answering phones in the showroom. She also became heavily involved in website design and other computer needs. Juanita has now dedicated 15 years to George’s Furniture and loves every minute!

Her favorite part about working at George’s Furniture is being able to share the quality of their handcrafted solid wood furniture with their customers. She absolutely loves hearing comments like “Wow! That is a long table” or “quality handcrafted furniture is still being made today” or “that’s a strong table.”  Seeing the excitement when customers realize that furniture can be constructed out of 100% solid hardwood, signed and dated by one craftsman, made their way is truly a treat.  Juanita thoroughly enjoys providing woodshop tours and helping customers with their design ideas to bless their home for many years to come.

The most interesting experience that Juanita has had during her 15 years was being able to transform the George’s website and set up their accounting and customer records digitally. In her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking and reading.

Head into George’s to say hello to Juanita and the rest of the team during your in-depth woodshop tour!

Who Exactly Is George?!

Who Exactly Is George?!

At the age of 10, George Martin had an extensive interest in woodworking. In response to a mishap with his mother’s rocker, he designed a rocking chair that would not go over backward. George decided to turn his love for the woodworking craft, that started as a hobby, into a thriving business that would soon be passed down through generations.

 

George founded George’s Woodcrafts in 1970 which specialized in handcrafted, solid hardwood furniture for customers who appreciated quality construction. Since 1975, the business has operated at the present farm located just outside of the historic Maytown, in Lancaster County, PA.

 

George’s passion was evident as he related to his customers.  He loved sharing his ideas and details of solid hardwood furniture crafting with everyone.  Hobby woodworkers indulged in his extensive knowledge and spend hours listening to his stories.  Visit our video page for a first-hand experience as George narrates and shares his passion for woodworking.

 

In 2008, George reached retirement and turned his business over to his talented daughter Juanita and husband Chris Horst. Both Juanita and Chris have gone on to carry along the family legacy and share the dedication to quality that George’s customers have come to expect.

To learn more about us, visit us for an in-depth tour of our facilities!

Stop in for a George’s Furniture Woodshop and Showroom Tour!

Stop in for a George’s Furniture Woodshop and Showroom Tour!

Here at George’s, we pride ourselves on our deep Lancaster County roots and having a craft that has been passed down through generations. We love when visitors stop in for a woodshop tour to learn more about us. Schedule your today!

Our tours offer a fun and informative experience that takes you through a guided tour of our woodshop and showrooms. Knowledgeable tour guides offer an in depth look at how George’s Furniture is handcrafted by one craftsman, one piece at a time.

While we would LOVE to meet each of you in person, we know that not all of you will be able to stop in for a tour.  If you are unable to stop by, we encourage you to visit our website and view our videos detailing a previous tour we provided for PNC Tours!

Our tour hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm, and Friday from 9 am – 2 pm.

Our Wood Variations

Our Wood Variations

With each piece of furniture comes a gorgeous design and long-lasting finish with your choice of wood and stain. Each selection of wood will provide a much different look of elegance to match the decor of any room or office.

Our 100% hardwood pieces come in either Walnut, Cherry, Oak or Hard Maple with a variety of different stain options. While each wood boasts its own glory, why choose one over the other? Let’s find out.

 

Natural Black Walnut Blend

This blend is natural walnut using both the dark inner heartwood along with the lighter sapwood, revealing a gorgeous color combination. The central part of the tree is dark brown in color, while the outer layers of sapwood are a light off-white color.

Our talented artisans choose the boards that have both the sapwood as well as the heartwood grain of the walnut tree. The arrangement of the board is an important aspect of the crafting as it creates a unique natural flow of grain.

The black walnut is air dried which makes it less stressful on the wood itself, retaining its natural beauty of the color variation. By choosing this particular wood, it is usually finished with a clear and water-resistant finish to enhance its natural beauty without staining the wood.

 

Cherry Wood

Our Cherry Wood is naturally lighter red in color with a beautiful flowing grain. This gorgeous choice of wood is typically stained, offering our customers a variety of 15 different stains to choose from – from light red to dark red and everything in between. The elegant and rich looking result is very popular among our customers.

 

Red Oak

This choice of wood has a distinct, bold grain that is naturally light golden in color. Our customers choose from about 15 different stains for this hardwood which highlights the darker part of the grain. Red oak is about 15% heavier which is an important characteristic to note for our customers.

 

Hard Maple

Maple has a naturally light creamy color.  It displays a smooth flowing grain for a softer look.  It is very dense and needs to have the grain raised so that stain can penetrate into the wood.  The natural maple is an attractive accent when combined with darker woods like walnut or stained cherry. Create your own unique accent piece that is a one-of-a-kind, signed and dated.

Head on into our shop to learn more about our crafting process and to take a tour with us!

Around the World with George’s

Around the World with George’s

While our furniture is crafted here in Lancaster County, our reach has made its way to various locations across our country as well as overseas. With any piece of George’s furniture, our patrons are receiving countless long lasting memories.  Our customers, whether they are here in Lancaster or residing elsewhere, receive longevity, durability and handcrafted beauty with each and every piece.

We are proud to have our furniture journey to diverse areas of our country including Alaska, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii and many other states! Our pieces have ventured to Canada and even Ireland!

With our furniture, you can trust that no matter where you choose to venture, your piece will stand by you for years to come.

Our Crafting Process

Our Crafting Process

We pride ourselves on our efficient and quality crafting process, bringing an artisan touch to every single piece that goes through our shop. We provide an unwavering commitment to delivering superior quality to all of our customers. Let’s walk through our crafting process to see how our talented craftsmen achieve those elegant styles for each piece.

 

Drying the Lumber

We slow dry the rough-sawn lumber in our kiln (which is heated using wood trimmings from projects) to reduce stress cracks that may occur in the grain if it dries too quickly.  Over time, the moisture in the wood can lead to loose joints, splits and even warping. Some lumber will even dry for several years before it is ready to be crafted into furniture. Our lumber is then stored in a climate-controlled building until it is needed to retain the integrity of the lumber.

Construction

Each and every piece has a craftsman that is chosen to handcraft that piece from start to finish. Our craftsman will review the plans, select the boards and processes the boards through our joiners, planers and table saws until the pieces are ready to be glued. The craftsman will then carefully cut, turn and sand each piece to the exact customer specifications. Each table leg and bed finial is then individually hand turned on a lathe. Precise hand sanding throughout the assembly process ensures proper fit and finish.

Finishing

After the piece of furniture is assembled, it is taken to the staining station where the craftsmen will hand rub the color-specified stain into the wood. After the stain has thoroughly dried, the piece will be taken into the dust-filtering spray booth where two coats of a premium-quality clear, water-resistant finish are applied to the entire piece to protect it from moisture. The first coat of finish is dried and sanded and after the second coat, the piece is closely inspected for smoothness and coverage.

Final Inspection

Each piece is very carefully inspected to make sure it exceeds George’s Furniture quality standards. The furniture is then dated and signed by the craftsmen to show pride in the artisanship of the piece.

Our Entertainment & TV Stand Pieces

Our Entertainment & TV Stand Pieces

Your living space will be inviting for guests and family with our variety of quality Entertainment Centers and TV Stands. Each style boasts elegance and longevity as a perfect addition to your living room for family movie nights or watching games with friends.

 

Entertainment Buffets

These buffets are adjustable and provide shelving for easy storage boasting charm and relaxation to your living space for your next family evening together.

Entertainment Buffets With Hutch Top

These Entertainment Centers provide storage space for all of your gadgets and entertainment accessories without the fear of looking cluttered. Your accessories will be protected from dust and damage with our multiple shelving design.

TV Stands

These stands are simplistic for easy use in any room. Each piece is handcrafted for optimal quality and can be customized to fit your exact specifications.

Entertainment Centers

These unique entertainment centers exhibit clean lines and will be the hub of your family living space. Customize your dream entertainment center and watch your craftsmen bring your vision to life